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Explore BC: Victoria

  • June 10, 2022
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It had been years since we had brought the kids to Victoria, so I’m excited to share what we did during our three days and two nights stay in Victoria. Hopefully this post will give you some ideas for your Victoria trip.

Transportation

There are only a few ways to get to Victoria from Vancouver – either thru a ferry or seaplane. We booked a departure and return ticket online with BC Ferries as we wanted to ensure a spot on the ferry.

Hotel Stay

We stayed at Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites, a locally owned and operated hotel since 1975. This is our second time staying at the hotel with the family and we had a wonderful time. The staff were always friendly and helpful. The kids loved the spacious room and swimming pool! For more information about our stay, check out our recent post: Explore Hotel: Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites (Hosted Stay by Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites. All opinions are my own.)

Attractions

There are many wonderful attractions in Victoria. During our stay, we visited Miniature World, Royal BC Museum, Malahat SkyWalk, and Russell Books, watched the Victoria Day Parade, walked along the Wharf, checked out the Parliament building, and explored Chinatown. I had no idea that Victoria Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in Canada! For more places we explored last time, check out our older post: Exploring Victoria

Miniature World

This is the first time we brought our family to Miniature World. For a family of four, tickets were around $54. We spent approximately an hour walking around and looking at displays. They do a really thoughtful job of styling the scenes – making every display as realistic and imaginative as possible. There’s such a huge variety of scenes, from outer space, to old London of 1670, Fantasy, Circus World, etc. The kids loved taking photos and videos of all the moving and animated miniatures. This is a fun spot to bring the kids to see at least once.

Royal BC Museum

This is our third time at the Royal BC Museum and we love coming here. The main reason we went during this trip was because they’re closing the museum on September 2022.

“The museum will close its doors on Sept. 6, 2022. BC Archives services will not be disrupted and will remain open at the downtown site until it moves to its new permanent home at the collections and research building in 2025. Imax Victoria, the museums gift shop and the food trucks located at the museum will stay open through early 2023.”

For more information: https://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/assets/historic_investment.pdf

Tickets were $20 for our family and we spent around 45 minutes as only one floor of the museum was open.

Malahat SkyWalk

I had heard so much about Malahat Skywalk that I knew we had to visit when we went to Victoria. You can get the family ticket for 2 adults + 2 Kids for $95.00. We stayed for approximately an hour and a half. The walk and view was breathtaking and even though I’m not a huge fan of heights, the walk up to the top felt safe because the boardwalk was nice and wide. The kids were even able to spot an Orca Whale when we got to the top! There is also an adventure net where people can walk onto the net and look down at the spiralling structure. My kids loved walking back and forth on the adventure net. At the end, we took the 20 metre spiral slide down to the bottom. The youngest really enjoyed the slide! We stayed another 20 minutes, just sitting and taking it all in. (Gifted Experience. All opinions are my own.)

Russell Books

If you’re in Victoria, you have to visit Russell Books. It’s an enormous book store filled with new and used books. I love bringing the kids here to find old books we grew up with. You can spend hours exploring the different books they have.

Food

We love the food at Victoria. We usually have a list of places we like to go. Our list includes:

  • Beaver Tails: we love coming here for treats! We tried their classic and salted caramel.
  • Red Fish Blue Fish: our must stop for fish and chips! They can get really busy, but definitely worth the wait.
  • Chocolats Favoris: every time we visit Victoria, we stop by at Chocolats Favoris. It’s our time to stock up on chocolates, especially their Coated Coffee Bean Dark Chocolate. The youngest orders her kooky icecream and the oldest orders his shake.
  • La Taqueria: we had happy hour at La Taqueria. Their tacos are always tasty, we are never disappointed.

You can check out our past Victoria food, coffee, and dessert guide below:

We look forward to exploring in Victoria again. There are many activities I would love to try including Whale Watching, Water sports, The Butchart Gardens, etc.

By admin, June 10, 2022
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